la dolce vita

random thoughts from a married, twenty-something trying to live the good life

Saturday, August 27, 2005

random tidbits on a saturday morning...

Just catching up on what's going on in the world before I figure out what exactly my plans are for the day.

Options are:
  1. Clean, plan for school (which I am SO nervous about), and possibly dinner with friends.
  2. This sounds way ghetto as I type it, but go to the county fair and eat all the delish fried and bad for you food and get an extra-thick vanilla milkshake. The people watching is certainly entertaining here as well - nothing like a bunch of red-necks all in one place!
  3. Go back-to-school clothes shopping for some wardrobe staples.
I guess I should be responsible and do the things that I really need to do....yuck.

In other news, I finally figured out which Laguna Beach (I can't believe I have gotten sucked into this show.) character I am....

Take the quiz: "Which Laguna Beach Character are You?"

LC
You are LC, very fashionable, rich, and GORGEOUS. You are bitchy but in a silent way. Who cares though with looks like that!?

Friday, August 26, 2005

caffeine & me

Back in high school I worked for a gourmet grocery store in the cheese and coffee section. This was a GREAT job. In a 6 hour shift, I would drink about 9 cups of coffee....and I like coffee 'light & sweet', so it was caffeine (because at the time, I thought that decaf affected the taste of the coffee) and sugar for me. At any rate, I would get home from work and my mom would always know I was cranked up on caffeine because I was BOUNCING (literally) off the walls.

As I have grown up, I've realized the effect that caffeine has on me and try to be a more responsible 'caffeine consumer'. (Though I HIGHLY enjoy Iced Coffee from Dunkin' Donuts.) In fact, I rarely even drink caffeine anymore, and if I do, it's in the morning so I have the whole day to get that 'caffeine-racing-through-my-veins' feeling to wear off.

Well, sadly, being the moron that I am, I grabbed a Diet Coke after a trip to the Education Store for classroom supplies....at 7:30pm! Uh, HELLO!?!?!? I am WIDE awake. Dumb, I tell you, sometimes I do just plain dumb things.....

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

so exciting!

Any one of my friends would tell you that they refer to me as 'mini-Martha Stewart', and not because I've spent time in Camp Cupcake. I am obsessed with all things decor, cooking, entertaining, wedding (even thoughI got married last year, I want to plan another wedding!)and travelling. So, earlier in the year when I found out that Martha was going to have a new show - I of course requested tickets. And today? I get the phone call that I have the tickets and will be going to see Martha next Tuesday!!!! I am so excited! However, now, along with preparing lesson plans and class activities for my new classroom, and figuring out what I'm going to wear on the first day....I now need to figure out what to wear to Martha! Any suggestions??

Stay tuned - pics to come!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

good things

Let's focus on some small 'good things':

1. Walking past a highly air-conditioned store when it is oh-so-humid outside. Ahhhhh, refreshing!
2. TrueLemon - I love, love, love water with lemon. It is by far my favorite drink. Now I can have lemon with me all the time, if only they would sell this in a store near me!
3. Gilmore Girls - who couldn't love a show with witty conversation, and the mom from Dirty Dancing!
4. Martha - thank goodness she is out of the cupcake place - I have missed her dearly on my tv!
5. TiVO - need I say more?...it is chock full of Gilmore Girls, and Food Network shows :)
6. Ice Coffee from Dunkin' Donuts - to drink while watching Tivo'd episodes of Gilmore Girls.
7. Anything Pink - it's just so darn bright and cheery!
8. Emails from Banana Republic that tell you they have gotten in some new merchandise for the season - I love these new bags!
9. Husbands that come home and make you a sandwich when you are feeling craptastically stressed.
10. Finding a fabulous new shirt on the sale rack that just happens to be your size - kismet! :) (this didn't happen to me this week, but maybe writing about it will give me good karma when I finally do go shopping for back to school stuff!)

Ahh, good things.....

Sunday, August 14, 2005

a gentle reminder

Yesterday, I was out and about with the husband and was approached by a girl who asked my husband where he worked and what he did. He works for a big airline, doing nerdy training videos and corporate communication videos and such. The girl seemed extremely interested. Then she turned to me and asked the same thing, to which I said 'I just finished my master's degree and will be teaching 6th grade math.' Then, do you know what this girl did? She says 'Oh.' and somewhat rudely turns to begin a conversation with someone else, because clearly, teaching is just not interesting enough. I was snubbed! For being a teacher!

I've heard more than my share of comments on the teaching profession lately....'teachers don't work during the summer', 'those who can do, those who can't teach', 'teaching is such an easy job', 'teachers only have to work 180 days a year', etc., etc., etc.

Maybe we don't officially have to work at school for the entire year, but, I guarantee that we are working on evenings, and weekends, and those so called 'summers-off' (at least the teachers that really care about their profession and their students are). Teaching is not just one job - you have to teach, you have to be a role model, you have to be their mentor, their encourager, someone that can diagnose a health concern on the spot, the parental figure in some instances where there may not be one at home, their counselor, and so much more.

What is my point with all of this? My point is this, each of us has chosen our professions because of a teacher, and maybe not a teacher in the formal sense of the word, but perhaps someone that has 'teacher characteristics' and guided you on your way. Without these teachers, we might not be where we are today.

So, for the girl that clearly snubbed me, and those people that think that teaching is some joke of a profession where you only work 180 days a year, I'm sorry you feel that way, but there is no reason for you to belittle the teaching profession, or teachers, because our jobs are just as valuable as anyone elses.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

obsessive wednesday stuff

**Warning - This is a completely random post on a lot of random things that I have obsessed about today**

1. Breakfast. I am addicted to egg white omelettes with american cheese and hot sauce. Yum!
2. Catalogs. I now know why I am obsessed with clean and having a picture perfect apartment - because I aspire to be a catalog showroom! Pottery Barn - could you please drop your prices on some things that I want to buy so I can have a 'catalog perfect' home? 50-75% off would be perfect. Thanks.
3. Blueberries with Cool Whip. Need I say more?
4. Being a financially responsible person. I have put off filling out my investment paperwork for the past week now. I finally sat down, filled out what I could and then called Fidelity because I was overwhelmed with all the forms and decisions. Clearly, this is something that I should have done years ago when I graduated college, but whatever, I'm a late bloomer. My real financial interest is driven by the need to know - how much money am I going to have left over in my paychecks for 'play-money'? :)
5. Oprah. I am eagerly awaiting her episode today - 'Fabulous Without a Fortune' I think this should be my life motto - I want to be 'Fabulous Without a Fortune'.....oh who am I kidding? I'd take the fortune too. ;)
6. My To-Do list. So far, I have done 2 things out of the 2459708375 things that are on it. I really must get better at this stuff...

So random...

Monday, August 08, 2005

To do, to do

No matter how many to do lists I make for myself, I find that I can cross out one item and add about 10 more to the list. I guess I'm at least crossing one thing off though right?

Today has been a busy day full of all things 'teacher' for my new class. So far, I finished a bunch of first day of school document stuff to give to the kids. I've researched different bulletin board themes that I may try to incorporate in the 'decor' of the classroom - which is fun for a neurotic decorating diva such as myself. And, I worked on my teacher website that the school district gives me....it is of course, fuschia pink in color scheme. A friend asked if my color choice would be bad and show that I could possibly favor girls, but I'm still going to go with it, because it's bright and cheery and it's not like I put a bunch of images of shoes and handbags on it! :)

Then, I realize, well, that just about covers the first day of school, what the heck am I going to do with these kids for the next 180 or so days that they are trapped with me! Their textbooks are looking at me now....I guess for the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be doing lesson plans so that I at least have the first month of lessons planned.

This is going to be one rockin' school year!